Become better acquainted with the concept of public Turkish Baths, a concept that was originally inspired by Roman Baths. Rudy will also visit with the Rumi Mevlevi Ensemble and shed light in the history of the whirling dervishes, and he will tour the ancient structure of Hagia Sophia.
Rudy visits the Eyup Mosque, the fourth most important Islamic site, and the sacred gravesite of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. Following Ramadan is the three-day festival known as Seker Bayrami (aka Sugar Feast), and the streets come alive with celebration. Topkapi Palace was built on the original site of the Acropolis of Byzantium, and the BosphorusWatch Now >>
Istanbul, formerly the ancient site of Byzantium and Constantinople, is currently the nexus of Europe and Islam. Due to its geographic location, Istanbul has always played a central role in world affairs. The Grand Bazaar is enormous, and Rudy explores its many passages and offerings.Watch Now >>
Travel with The Art Explorers to Istanbul, the confluence of the great Christian, Moslem, and Byzantine cultures. Framed by the Marmara, Black, and Mediterranean Seas, and located on the mysterious Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is considered home to one of the wonders of the world – Hagia Sofia. Located on the European portion of Turkey, theWatch Now >>